Pothos have thick, glossy, and sometimes variegated leaves with a deeply grooved petiole, while Heartleaf Philodendrons have more matte, elongated, and heart-shaped leaves with a smooth petiole.
Since they are similar in appearance, growing conditions might become the deciding factor when you’re choosing between the two. Both plants prefer tropical climates. But philodendrons survive suboptimal conditions better than pothos.
Pothos have thick, glossy, sometimes variegated leaves with a deeply grooved petiole, while Philodendrons have more elongated, heart-shaped leaves with a smooth petiole.
In perfect conditions, pothos plants produce new leaf and stem growth marginally faster than philodendrons. Pothos can grow just under five inches per week; philodendrons just under four.